Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Paris // Bonjour!
Well, I made it to my hotel in Paris in one piece! My trip went really smoothly, with only one minor mishap with my suitcase handle breaking off (after I got to the hotel though, so we'll actually call that a stroke of luck!). It was my first time flying and traveling alone so I was quite glad to not encounter any hiccups.
Two of my old friends, Tam & Joe from elementary school, also happen to be studying in Paris this semester (in other words this world is smaller than the leg room in an airplane seat) and so they met up with me at my hotel and we had a little 'reunion' in Paris! We explored my neighbourhood, popped into the coolest little shops, walked up to where my apartment is, checked out some cafés and boulangeries, bought some wine for 4Euros and went back to my hotel room to hang out and catch up some more. It was so nice of them to take the afternoon to greet me!
My first day in Paris wasn't as overwhelming as I feared, it wasn't as lonely as I feared, and it was just as beautiful as the optimistic side of me could have imagined. I think I've mostly tricked my mind out of being too jet lagged, even though I was up at 2-4AM (Paris time) rolling around in bed. I forced myself to sleep until about 8AM so we'll see how I do today!
Update: It is now noon here, 6AM Canada time. I've had 2 coffees and still, all I want to do is sleep. Looks like I spoke to soon about beating jet lag! Ouch!
Update 2: I went into Starbucks (Don't worry Mom - I spent my morning in a cute french cafe first!) to try and get some wifi on my ipod instead of coming back to my hotel room. I don't have a phone here so facebook is my only means of communication. Anyway, I had a middle aged french man ahead of me in line ask if he could take me for drinks. No thanks. But flattering anyway, and he asked in French so I'm going to just take that as a sign that I was lookin' all Parisian today. Score!